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Julius de Kempenaer is the creator of Relative Rotation GraphsTM together with Trevor Neil he will write the blog entries for the RRG-free and the RRG-pro blog sections of this site. If you are looking for specific subjects or would like Julius to contribute on a speific subject, at least loosely related to RRG or Relative Strength in general,... please post your question in the forum or send julius a direct message. More

S&P Executes Wedge And Rotation To Defensive Sectors Accelerates


Since printing its high on 1 May, the S&P 500 has struggled to keep up and make its final push through resistance. Over the last three to four days, the bulls have capitulated, putting a reinforcement of the 2940-2950 resistance zone into place. The rising wedge formation that had been building up since March has now executed.

On the daily relative rotation graph for US sectors, the rotation to the more defensive sectors is now accelerating with Health Care, Utilities and Real Estate all inside the improving quadrant and rapidly heading towards leading at a strong RRG-Heading.

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Will JNJ Be Able To Pull The Sector Back On Its Feet?


The Healthcare sector is not in its best shape. On the Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors, XLV is deep down inside the lagging quadrant against SPY, without any signs of improvement at the moment. However, if you feel that this situation will not last forever and are gutsy enough to prepare a bit for a turnaround, you may want to look at JNJ.

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Mixed Rotations For Technology Stocks Inside The Dow - MSFT Comes Out On Top!


The Relative Rotation Graph shows the five technology stocks inside the DJ Industrials index, all of which are at the right-hand side of the RRG. This is not surprising, considering the strong rotation of the sector as a whole against the S&P 500 index.

Despite the strength of the sector, however, there are a few big differences in the relative strength and the rotation of a few of these individual names.

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Party Like iI's 1999 For QCOM


On the Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors, technology is doing very well with a rotation well inside the leading quadrant and pushing further into it.

Shifting gears and moving to the RRG for the technology sector (against XLK) there is one tail that firmly stands out and that is QCOM.

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"Hooks" And One Sided Rotations On Relative Rotation Graphs


Last Thursday, 18 April, was the third Thursday of the month, my regularly scheduled guest appearance on MarketWatchers LIVE. As Tom Bowley was enjoying a well-deserved day off, it was just me and Erin on duty.

It wasn't my first time co-hosting, but every time I fill in for either Erin or Tom, it makes me realize what a great job they do every day. Since I was filling in for Tom, I'd like to make a big shout-out to him for all he does on MWL - fantastic job buddy!!! Hope you had a good long Easter weekend!!

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Financials Made It Into The Leading Quadrant, Now What?


At yesterday's close, the Financials sector (XLF) crossed over into the leading quadrant on the daily Relative Rotation Graph.

The tail started to curl upward inside the lagging quadrant roughly two weeks ago and then started to travel higher on both scales, Jdk RS-Ratio and Jdk RS-Momentum. The sector traveled from lagging into improving and now entered the leading quadrant.

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Are We Looking At A Wedge In The Making?


When acting in an environment of uncertainty, of which financial markets are a prime example, it is a good habit to double check any findings. Just get an extra pair of eyes to confirm, or deny, what you (think you) are seeing.

In the process please keep an open mind and try not to get (too) married to your own ideas/views. Markets have no mercy. Our colleague commentator Dave Keller has a subtle but great reference in the sign off below all his blogs. It's "RR#6". You may wonder what that means, so here's a link to the explanation.

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Three Breaks And You're Out For NFLX?


Since the start of the month, NFLX is lagging the S&P 500 index by more than 5%.

This is following the, relative, weakness that entered this stock after s strong start of 2019 where NFLX ran from $ 230 to $ 370 but then started to move sideways while facing heavy overhead resistance around $ 380.

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Is NVDA The Strongest Stock In The Strongest Sector?


Looking over some Relative Rotation Graphs this morning showed me that the Information Technology sector is currently the strongest sector in the S&P 500 universe.

XLK is positioned well inside the leading quadrant and is powered further into that space by a long tail. It is difficult to conclude anything else than that this is a strong rotation.

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The 60/40 Balanced Portfolio Just Broke To New Highs, What About Stocks vs Bonds?


For asset allocation analysis I mostly use VBINX, that is a balanced index fund by Vanguard that holds 60% in stocks and 40% in, a mix of, bonds.

This balanced portfolio (total return basis) just broke to new highs this week while neither stocks (SPY) or bonds (IEF) did that, yet...

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Financials Are Not Looking Very Strong But In That Sector Regional Banks Should Really Be Watched


On the Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors, the Financials sector (XLF) is not in the best shape at the moment. It is positioned inside the lagging quadrant and heading lower on both axes. So, not much good there.

At the moment I am in New York City to attend the CMTA symposium together with Arthur Hill, David Keller and Greg Schnell (and 300 other technical analysts). Obviously, we are discussing among ourselves as well. 

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When In Canada.. Do As The Canadians, And Avoid The Consumer Discretionary Sector..


Last night I arrived in Toronto for a weekend with my son and his family, before heading towards New York to attend the CMTA symposium next week.

So for this article, it only seems appropriate to have a look at the Canadian sector landscape from an RRG perspective.

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Triple whammy for UNH suggests more weakness ahead!


The weekly chart for UnitedHealth (UNH) shows a steady uptrend in both price and relative (vs $INDU) since the start of 2016.

That three-year move just came to an end.

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Europe vs The USA... And The Winner Is ....


I like to keep an eye on what's going on in the world around us. That means also monitoring what's happening in markets that are maybe not directly of interest when it comes to trading or investing.

For stock markets around the world I like to use the pre-defined group "International Stockmarket Indexes" on the RRG page. The resulting Relative Rotation Graph populated with this group is shown above. The benchmark for this universe is the Dow Jones Global Index ($DJW).

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Energy Stands Out on Relative Rotation Graph For Indian Sectors


The list of pre-defined groups in the RRG-menu has been expanded with the universe covering Indian sectors against the Nifty 500 index as the benchmark. Very recently also the universe of individual stocks making up the Sensex 30 index was added. With the Nifty 50 group already on the list, we now have three universes covering the Indian market.

The Relative Rotation Graph above shows the rotation for these sectors.

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One A In FAANG Just Turned Back towards the Leading Quadrant


The Relative Rotation Graph shows the FAANG stocks against $NDX on a daily basis. The strong move of GOOG is evident and tracks the recent break of resistance.

Out of these five stocks, four are at the right-hand side of the graph, indicating a relative uptrend against the Nasdaq 100 index.

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Spotting A Pair Trade On Relative Rotation Graph Of US Sectors


The above Relative Rotation Graph shows the daily rotation over the past 20-days for the Utilities and Industrials sectors.

I have isolated the tails of these two sectors to be able to show them in more detail and highlight the opposite directions that they started moving in.

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Something that makes me go ...Hmmmmmmm?


The daily RRG for US sectors shows a lot of sectors "hooking" lower and only two sectors that are, still, at a positive RRG-Heading, ie rising on both axes.

The chart above is showing a 5-day tail on every sector. if we look at the lengths and trajectories of these tails a few things catch my attention.

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Materials Sector Rolling over On Both The Weekly And The Daily RRG


The chart above shows the weekly rotation for the Materials sector, XLB, within the universe of US sectors against SPY. After the tail turned upward inside the lagging quadrant, XLB kept up with the performance of SPY and moderately outperformed the market until the sector started to lose relative momentum again in the week of 21 Jan and 28 Jan when the tail started to roll over downward again without having reached the leading quadrant.

This loss of relative momentum, declining Jdk RS-Momentum, is still ongoing and pointing the tail on XLB towards the lagging quadrant again.

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ketan mange
pls see indian market (nifty) and its sector
Friday, 08 March 2019 09:19
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Is This Stock Breaking Out Or Building A Major Top-Formation?


On the weekly Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors, XLI, the Industrials sector is crossing over into the leading quadrant from improving. This indicates further improvement for Industrial stocks compared to other segments of the market.

While zooming in on the RRG for Industrial stocks against XLI I noted the rotation of DOV inside the weakening quadrant.

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